How To Check If Third Party Apps Have Access To Your Personal Information
Whether you are concerned with personal or business privacy, it’s always important to know who and what has access to private information. In truth, there are countless third-party apps that are constantly searching for ways to access this information, and unless you take an active stance against it, you will just be another pile of data in their systems. Worse, you will be increasingly vulnerable to data breaches and cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
Everyone needs to know some important online privacy tips, and today, you have a chance to learn about controlling third-party access. Together, we can go over how to manage Google accounts, Apple accounts and major social media accounts. If you go through all of the steps, you can turn off the primary avenues of access to information that you want to control.
Google accounts have personal information, and you can link countless third-party apps and services to your Google account. Many apps try to make sign-in easier by using your Google account like a master account. As long as you’re signed into Google, you can sign into any of the accounts married to it. It’s convenient, but it also puts you at much higher risk. You can check permissions by logging into your Google account on any device. Go to the security section and look for “Third-party apps with account access.” Under that heading, you can manage which third-party apps are allowed to access information through your Google account.
Your Apple ID can similarly be used to sign into other systems and accounts. You can manage this from an iOS device or appleid.apple.com. In either case, sign in with your Apple ID. Go to the settings and look for “password & security.” From there, you can see which apps have access to your Apple ID and you can manage them as you see fit.
A number of social media accounts also work as hubs for tons of third-party apps. The most notorious is Facebook, so we can use it as an example. When you log into Facebook and go to the settings, there is a page that manages apps. From there, look for “app permissions.” This is the master list that shows which apps can download your Facebook data.
If you use any other accounts to sign into apps or services, they can similarly be managed. Log into your account and manage the app permissions.
Controlling third-party access is crucial for managing your online privacy. Without a proactive approach, your information will be traded countless times, and you’ll find it increasingly difficult to remove personal information from the internet. Always exercise caution when you can. And, remember the old tip. If the product is free, it means that you are the real product. Free services always come at the price of selling information about you.